Trump trial: Judge to decide if former president violated gag order

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg will urge a judge on Tuesday at a hearing to hold Donald Trump in criminal contempt for allegedly violating a gag order in the former president’s hush money case in New York.

Bragg has claimed Trump violated the order at least 10 times and has argued to Judge Juan Merchan that a contempt finding should be accompanied by sanctions of $1,000 per gag order violation and a warning that additional violations would result in a punishment of prison time.

Merchan appeared poised to consider holding Trump in contempt seriously after he scheduled the hearing on the matter and ordered Trump’s attorneys to respond in writing ahead of the hearing with reasons why the former president should not be penalized for his comments.

Merchan issued the gag order on
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